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YouTube Director app helps business owners on a budget create DIY video ads

YouTube today announced a new suite of tools to help business owners get started with creating video ads on a budget.<p>The YouTube Director suite comes in three parts: the first is a free iOS app that lets you shoot your own commercial using a template and step-by-step instructions of what to shoot. …

Payments Ecosystem - Research & Business Opportunities

BI Intelligence<p>The modern smartphone is a remarkable device. A single device that fits in your pocket can do all the tasks that once required cameras, camcorders, GPS devices, watches, alarm clocks, calculators, and even TVs.<p>But the next change might be the most radical of all—it could eliminate …

FinTech

Why Amazon, Facebook and Salesforce Just Partnered With the SBA

The Small Business Administration is turning to some of the biggest names in tech to help business owners be more efficient in their everyday …

Small Business

16 of the coolest apps for Cardboard, Google's DIY virtual reality headset

Google Cardboard is one of the search giant's coolest projects in a long time.<p>Sure, it's not as immediately useful as Google Maps, and you won't find yourself checking it as often as Search — but it's virtual reality! Using your smartphone!<p>With just a piece of cardboard and a compatible smartphone, …

Virtual Reality

Facebook Equips Business Pages With Mobile Storefronts For Shopping And Services

Likes ≠ Dollars. Facebook wants Pages to actually earn money for the 45 million small businesses that use them. So today Facebook is upgrading Pages with a tabbed mobile layout that lets them display storefront “Sections” where users can “Shop” for products or view a list of “Services” the business …

Small Business

Facebook will reportedly expand livestreaming to any verified user soon

It was just last week that Facebook opened up livestreaming capabilities to celebrities via its VIP Mentions app. Naturally, the first question on our minds was when it would open up to more people.<p>It seems some of us won’t have to wait too long. TechCrunch reports that the company is planning to …

How to run Windows 10 on your Mac (Boot Camp)

This startup wants to be the Amazon of Wi-Fi access for the Internet of things

If you want to connect your device to the cloud you have to build in some way to access the Internet, and that’s actually not an easy task when …

Internet of Things

LittleBits Raises Big $44.2 Million Round

LittleBits, a maker of electronic components that both children and designers can snap together to create everything from toy robots to lightweight industrial products, has raised $44.2 million in Series B funding led by DFJ Growth, with managing director Barry Schuler joining the board.<p>Morgan …

Venture Capital

Managed By Q Sweeps Up $15M Led By RRE Ventures, Expands To San Francisco

Managed By Q, the startup that handles all the cleaning, maintenance and re-stocking of your office, has today announced the close of a $15 million Series A funding round led by RRE Ventures.<p>Greycroft Partners, Homebrew, Sherpa Ventures, SV Angel and Steadfast Financial also participated in the …

Startups

Windows 10 IoT Core

The operating system built for your Internet of Things<p>Smart thermostat receives award at CES 2018<p>Johnson Control's GLAS Thermostat, powered by …

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Checking in is finally just one swipe away

Foursquare's new Swarm widget takes great advantage of iOS 8<p>Checking in should have always been automatic — a feature every phone shipped with that lets you keep up with friends and track where you've been. Even Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley, who popularized the check in, would say so. But until …

Can the world’s most promising electric-car battery be saved?

HALIFAX, Canada—Over the last half-dozen years, a swarm of companies from around the world including General Motors has snapped up licenses for a lithium-ion electrode that promised to deliver the next big step in making electric cars competitive with conventional vehicles. The companies and …

Electric Vehicles